A city of tradition, awe-worthy architecture, and home to the infamous Oktoberfest, Munich is the epitome of Bavarian culture. Being the capital of the southeast state of the country, it stands out from Germany’s other major cities with its own unique culture and history. It is a city where you can truly shut off from the outside world, feeling as if you have stepped back in time. If you’re a digital nomad who wouldn’t fare well without a good internet connection, do not fear, the city has the sort of connected atmosphere we’re looking for, too. With all this taken into account, here’s our guide to 48 hours in München - the perfect amount of time for a quick weekend get away.
How to get there
As with most major European cities, you have options aplenty when it comes to travelling to Munich. Those brave enough to stick out the 23-hour coach journey from London we commend you, but the reality is that flying in is your best bet, especially when time is short. Getting into the city is simple, take the S-Bahn rail service which will have you in the centre of the city in around 45 minutes. We’ve even looked at accommodation which is literally steps away from the main station - check it out below.
Where to stay
Convenience comes at no price at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. Just 100 metres away from Munich Main Station and set in one of the city's oldest building it really is truly perfect. Its historical exterior is offset with it’s chic interior with every room having its own unique features and personalised lounge area. Of course, you’ll want to be out and about exploring what Munich has to offer but we’d advise setting some time to make the most of its spa, swimming pool and 24-hour luxury gym - it’d be a shame not to.
Must see sights
Now, this is not your usual surfing - we all know Munich hardly brings up the image of sunny surf-board-filled beaches. But if you’re looking for something on the wild side, this definitely delivers. This man-made wave stands at around 1 metre high, perfect for avid surfers to catch. Adventurous locals and tourists have been riding the wave since 1972, challenging those who enter the waters to stand on their boards on the static wave for as long as possible. Of course, if you’re not a keen swimmer then this is best to be avoided, but watching those brave enough and strolling around its surrounding grounds (the English Garden) is just a good of a past time.
Donated by Sapporo, the Japanese grand master of the Urasenke Tea School in Kyoto, this stunning sight stands as a representation of Japanese kindness and an ode to their friendship during the Olympics in 1972. Cross over to the small island where it sits to witness daily tea ceremonies, sample the now trend-worthy Matcha tea and learn more about this ancient ritual. Granted, this may not be the most logical place to visit considering you are in a hub of traditional Bavarian culture, but this one of the most peaceful and secluded spots you’ll find in the city. Guaranteed to give the feeling of inner zen - something that’s often hard to find with such fast-paced lifestyles (especially in London).
Where to refuel
Whilst we all love the finer things in life at times, in Munich, we’d recommend opting for traditional fare. Visit one of their many Biergartens to experience true German cuisine and culture at it’s best: bratwurst and beer galore. Try Augustiner Braustuben, a lesser known beauty which is big on size but serves some of the best beer in Munich and well priced delicious food. For a more refined Biergarten experience head to Seehaus which is situated right on the shore of a lake in the English Garden. Whilst it is a tad more pricey the views are most certainly worth it on a beautiful balmy evening.
Little did you know that Munich is Europe's largest publishing city. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in its deep and rich publishing history, find some time to visit the Literaturhaus. It is home to several permanent fixtures as well as an ever-changing line up of interesting temporary exhibitions. After perusing around the museum, take a well-earned break in their adjoining restaurant, OskarMaria, which, surprisingly, serves some of the best food in the city.
Munich gives you the opportunity to freely indulge in its tradition and heritage but also the necessary modern creature comforts that make weekend trips a delight. It is a place to free the mind from the usual constraints of a busy skyscraper filled city, allowing you to return with a new relaxed perspective. So go ahead and Live Free in Munich. Keen to explore else where? Check out our blog for more of our travel guides.